"Cultural Revolution" or descent into barbarity?
By Alisa Craddock
Last week, our leadership decided to shroud the Empire State Building, symbol of American free enterprise and achievement, in red and yellow, to celebrate the Communist Chinese "Culural Revolution". This on the heels of the decision, due to Communist China's objections, to name the new building on the site of the World Trade Center One World Trade Center, instead of Freedom Tower, as originally planned. The fact that China is holding the lion's share of America's debt may have something to do with it. Or the fact that we have a communist president and a communist agenda.
Nevertheless, the sight of such a staple of American lore and symbolism being eclipsed in Red Chinese colors, and all the symbolism that goes with that, made a lot of people in the country angry. As our leaders try to foist an economic, political and social identity on us that is contrary to our deeply held and very American convictions, it might behoove us to remember some of the darker aspects of China's so called "cultural revolution."
As a Christian, when I think of China, my first thought is of forced abortions. The evils of China's barbaric one-child policy are abominable: Women strapped to tables and forcibly entered to have their "illegally conceived" or accidental pregnancy terminated, over the cries and pleadings of their mothers. I remember reading one account of a late term abortion in which the "doctor" injected a syringe of formaldehyde into the infant's skull as he emerged—a common method of late term abortion that is performed on born-alive infants-- usually resulting in near immediate death. But this child came out screaming with the rage of all his dead predecessors written on his newborn infant's face. Babies are often born alive, and the authorities instruct them that these babies must not be allowed to live, and often a four or five pound live infant was thrown into the waste can where the "family planning" official and others had to listen to it crying the rest of the day. Though the government of China claims it does not use coercion, the facts are otherwise.
Though such measures are forbidden in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the United States of America, by funding UNFPA and IPPF, supports and assists in this kind of "population control." Under George W. Bush, the funding was discontinued, but under the current administration the dollars flow once more into the sewer of the UN's anti-life plans.
Forced abortions, forced sterilizations, persecution of religious leaders who disappeared and were kept imprisoned, often for years, stories of nuns in a cell being stripped and beaten with the buckle end of their guards' belts into the blood covered the walls. They committed suicide by swallowing their head coverings until they strangled on them.
Perhaps we have become inured to such stories. Perhaps in our diversity-centered "all cultures are created equal" "all morals are created equal" "all ideologies are created equal" world, we have never learned of these kinds of atrocities simply because there is "a compelling state interest" to squelch the negative elements of these histories. There is an effort by the Left (who controls our schools) to sanitize the histories and images of Leftist regimes. But before there was the infamous "One-Child Policy", there was the Revolution, and the Red Guard—school children who were brainwashed and became like the little savages in Lord of the Flies. It would be a good idea for us to acquaint, or reacquaint ourselves with the brutality which took place as school aged kids wearing red armbands "enforced" the cultural revolution upon their teachers. Like the youth of Nazi Germany, Chinese children of the revolution were taught to be ashamed of the humiliation of recent Chinese history, and like the Hitler youth, they became enthralled with what they saw as a godlike leader, and carried out his agenda to transform China into a Communist society, just as the Hitler Youth carried out attacks against Jews. They were given an enemy to fight (class warfare) and Chairman Mao used his godlike status to "inspire" and "empower" the children to take up the revolution, and those who represented the old ideologies—the "rightists", the religious, the wealthy or anyone who did not conform to the "progressive" (yes, that is the term they used) ideas of the Cultural Revolution" were to be exposed and deposed. They did much more than that, and with the tacit approval of the government.
During several months in 1966, children, middle school kids, and some older, set upon their teachers. Any who taught counter-revolutionary ideas, any who were of the old way of thinking (those who had been considered "good teachers" before the revolution), school administrators and those in charge, those considered to have "political problems" (such as people with political connections to Taiwan), having a "bad family background", being a "rightist" or "religious", and some who had just offended a student, such as a custodian or a pretty teacher who made others jealous of her—such were the targets of the violence that followed. The violence perpetrated by these kids, the Red Guard, has been glossed over in history and writings, but the testimonials are myriad and monstrous. These teachers were subjected to torture at the hands of these children to such a degree, many died, many were left maimed and/or permanently handicapped, many committed suicide. They enclosed teachers in "prisons" within the schools and routinely tortured and abused them with nail-spiked clubs, scalding water, punching and kicking them, or forcing them to abuse each other, forcing them to eat excrement, to assume a painful and awkward position for hours at a time, Another frequent type of beating was perpetrated by the youth removing the leather belt with the heavy metal buckle, and they would discuss the most effective way of striking with the buckle end of the belt for the maximum effect. Humiliation included making them wear a high hat (symbolizing someone who is haughty, perhaps someone who is deemed to be elitist) or a placard around their necks with insults written on them. Many of them had half their hair shaved off.
Although high school and college age kids were involved in Red Guard activities, it is the middle school kids who perpetrated the most barbaric behavior. A detailed account of many of the atrocities committed against Mao's political opponents can be found in "Student Attacks Against Teachers: The Revolution of 1966", by Youquin Wang.
The face China wishes to present to the world is one of color, achievement, patriotism, and humanity. The underbelly of this culture is anything but joyous. So why are we celebrating it? Perhaps because our leaders want us to get used to the idea of emulating them, because we are perhaps intended to go the same way.
It is not unreasonable for us to question the direction that the current administration is taking us. Our president assures us, for example, that his health care plan will NOT use our taxes to pay for abortion, will NOT violate the consciences of health care workers, will NOT pay for illegal aliens, will NOT take away our choice of doctor or our health care plan, will NOT deprive seniors of necessary medical treatment, and yet, one after another of those who have seen the bill say…nay, actually show…that what has been promised is false. A lie. The Congress seems poised to impose it on the American people anyway, despite the fact that a substantial majority have flatly said "no way!" In truth, there may not be enough good men in Congress with a conscience left to turn it back. And so the government will gain complete control of our lives, if not now, in a few years.
In my previous column, "The Health Reform Bill and Population Control" I suggested that health care reform is being hastily put together and a vote forced before anyone can even read it in order to promote an agenda—that agenda is population control. The Cap and Trade Bill, in tandem with the Health Care Reform legislation, has population reduction and de-development as their goals. In the Global 2000 report, and countless other "studies" before and since, a global ecological catastrophe is prophesied, and overpopulation is deemed to be the cause. Population control, then, becomes a "moral imperative" to save the planet, and this is how draconian population control methods can be envisaged and promoted, and eventually enforced. It is not a "breakdown of the vetting process" that permitted the selection of men like John Holdren and Cass Sunstein to hold key positions in this administration. On the contrary, Obama chose Holden precisely for his views that, for example, welfare recipients should be sterilized, or that the Constitution of the United States permits compulsory abortion. Men with such godless ideas can be relied on to gleefully implement the ideas they have long believed were the "answer" to the world's looming catastrophe. It is hard for Americans to imagine their government being so hostile to them. It's not in our nature. But there is much the country does not know about our government's plans for us, and those who do know are often called "paranoid", "wingnuts", "conspiracy theorists". But this is not paranoia, and this conspiracy does exist. It's the world population control agenda, and it is outlined in a 1970s document called NSSM 200, also known as the "Kissinger Report." The following excerpts are taken directly from this document:
Following the solution offered by NSSM 200, it is necessary that population be reduced by four billion. These are called "useless eaters" in the secret chambers where population control measures are conceived and discussed. These are the people who compete for limited resources with the G7 countries for the world's natural resources. They are the poorest of the poor, the hopeless underclass. They are the terminally ill, the aged, the handicapped, the unborn. They are black, Jewish, Catholic. Perhaps also, they are those who don't accept the prophecy of a looming disaster that requires the moral imperative to eliminate "useless eaters". Perhaps it is also those who see a government that appears to be trying to create the economic and social catastrophe that would bring about one of those "useful crises" that we mustn't let go to waste. Perhaps it is those who will resist the imposition of such diabolical measures on this people. How will out "cultural revolution" look. Who will be its victims? It's victors? Who will be its Red Guard? Who will be its heroes? Can you envision it?
Alisa Craddock is a columnist and activist in the culture war, a convert to Catholicism, and describes herself as a Christian Libertarian. She may be contacted at
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